Environmental corners will not be cut when South Bend starts to tear down and fix up some 1,000 vacant and abandoned homes in 1,000 days.
The ambitious plan initially caused concern among some members of South Bend’s City Council. Several members questioned whether the volume of properties involved would require adherence to more stringent environmental regulations, resulting in increased costs on the city.
The administration recently responded to concerns in a letter to the council indicating it could cost up to an additional $400 per home to have asbestos inspections performed.
“We found that it’s going to cost more, in using our orange tape, we also found out that we have to
now train our inspectors, we don't have anybody here on staff that does that, “ said Councilman Oliver Davis.
The administration proposes training city employees to perform these inspections at a cost of about $5,000.